BIO

Welcome — I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Data Science Institute at Columbia University, and I will be an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Columbia University in Fall 2020.

My research draws from the literatures on urban sociology, stratification, and criminology,  and it focuses on understanding how the spatial organization of the American stratification system creates and reproduces inequalities. 

My current research agenda investigates (1) how the neighborhood context, particularly the experience of community violence, determines the life chances of children; (2) how social capital and social organization emerge and evolve in spatial contexts; and (3) how place and geography structure educational and economic opportunity in America and elsewhere. 

My work has been published or is forthcoming in the American Sociological ReviewChild DevelopmentDemographyHousing Policy Debate, the Journal of Housing Economics, the Journal of Urban Economics, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Research Interests
     Inequality and Stratification
     Crime and Policing
     Quantitative Methodology

Education
     Ph.D. Sociology, New York University, 2019
     Master in Public Policy, Harvard University, 2014
     B.S. Engineering, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, 2004

Current Affiliations
     Columbia University
            Data Science Institute
                   Postdoctoral Fellow, 2019-2020
            Department of Sociology
                   Assistant Professor, 2020-

Past Affiliations
     New York University
            Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, Doctoral Fellow,  2014-2019
            IES PIRT, Doctoral Fellow, 2014-2017
     Behavioral Insights Team North America
            Research Fellow, 2017-2019

Contact
     Email: gerard[dot]torrats[at]columbia[dot]edu

 

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